"Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story."
Megan's post on her blog today had me laughing so hard I had tears streaming. She is currently living and teaching in Taiwan (as is my son) and she tells a hilarious story to her students about a shark. Here it is.
I laughed so hard because my entire family is prone to embellishment of this same sort! In fact, my son phoned me a couple weeks ago and the conversation went like this:
Ring, ring.....(F.O.S. on the phone)
Me: Hi Honey!
Son: Hi mom. Listen, did my great great grandfather die of an Anaconda bite?
Me: (completely baffled with this question out of nowhere) Huh?
Son: Yeah, Sir S (who is 5) was just telling me that he misses his great great great grandfather and when I asked him why, he said it was because he died from an Anaconda bite. Did that really happen?
Me: Ohhhh, yes, he did. (I know the start of a good story when I hear it) He was living on the island of Bora Bora and one day he was walking through the jungle when an Anaconda reached out and bit him. Sad to say, he died.
Son: Uh huh....(turns to Sir S and says,) you were right. (Then he starts to laugh and tells me Sir S just pumped his fist in the air in victory.)
Yeah, we do love an outrageous story. We just can't help ourselves from telling them either. I think it's genetic. You go, Megan!